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Pinnacle West Reports Second-Quarter Results

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>Unusually mild weather and higher infrastructure-related costs reduced quarter-versus-quarter earnings</i> </li> </ul> <ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>Higher retail electricity sales and lower operations and maintenance expenses help offset negative variables</i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>Company revises 2011 earnings guidance</i> </li> </ul> <p> </p>

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Pinnacle West Reports Second-Quarter Results08:00 EDT Tuesday, August 02, 2011 PHOENIX (Business Wire) -- Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW) today reported consolidated net income attributable to common shareholders of $86.7 million, or $0.79 per diluted share of common stock, for the quarter ended June 30, 2011. This result compares with net income attributable to common shareholders of $114.8 million, or $1.07 per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2010. Excluding results of discontinued operations, Pinnacle West's consolidated on-going earnings in the 2011 second quarter were $86.0 million, or $0.78 per share, compared with on-going earnings of $88.5 million or $0.82 per share, in the same period a year ago. On-going earnings for both periods exclude results of discontinued operations primarily related to APS Energy Services, the Company's unregulated energy services subsidiary. A reconciliation of reported earnings to on-going earnings is provided at the end of this release. “Temperatures significantly below historical averages adverselyimpacted our second-quarter results, as well as our full-year earnings outlook,” said Pinnacle West Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Don Brandt. “This quarter's extremely mild weather reduced retail sales, and the trend continued through most of July. “Operationally, we remain committed to our strategies to create value for customers and investors by maintaining excellence in operations, investing in Arizona's sustainable energy future, cultivating an improving regulatory framework and strengthening our financial profile.” The second-quarter on-going results comparison was impacted negatively by the following factors: Unusually mild weather, especially in May and June, decreased the quarterly results by $0.02 per share compared to the 2010 second quarter, during which abnormally mild weather adversely affected earnings by $0.15 per share compared with historically normal conditions. In the 2011 second quarter, there were 375 residential cooling-degree days (a proxy for the effects of weather) – 26.8 percent less than normal and 1.6 percent less than the year-ago second quarter. Higher infrastructure-related costs decreased earnings by $0.07 per share, primarily related to higher property taxes and increased depreciation and amortization. These factors were offset in part by the following positive items: Lower operations and maintenance expenses, primarily due to the timing and level of planned maintenance at the Company's fossil-fueled generating plants, improved earnings by $0.03 per share. The variance excludes costs associated with renewable energy, demand-side management and similar regulatory programs, which are offset by comparable amounts of operating revenues. Higher retail customer sales – excluding the effects of weather variations, but including effects of energy efficiency programs – improved earnings by $0.02 per share. The increase was primarily related to higher electricity consumption by residential customers, reflecting continuing stabilization of the Arizona economy. Total weather-normalized retail electricity sales grew 0.7 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Likewise, Arizona Public Service Co.'s (APS) customer base increased about 0.3 percent over the same timeframe. APS, the Company's principal subsidiary, reported a 2.8 percent decrease in net income attributable to common shareholder. For the 2011 second-quarter, APS earned $87.7 million compared with income of $90.2 million in the similar 2010 period. 2011 Earnings Outlook Pinnacle West expects its 2011 consolidated on-going earnings will be in the range of $2.75 to $2.90 per diluted share. The Company lowered its expectations from a range of $3.00 to $3.15 per diluted share primarily because of abnormally mild weather in the first seven months of the year and higher estimated property taxes, partially offset by lower estimated interest expense. Key factors and assumptions underlying the outlook remain unchanged, except for the following: Actual weather for the first seven months of the year and normal weather patterns for the remainder of the year; Total electricity gross margin (operating revenues, net of fuel and purchased power expenses, excluding Renewable Energy Surcharge and similar rate adjustors) of about $2.01 billion to $2.06 billion, which was previously expected to be $2.05 billion to $2.10 billion; Operating expenses (operations and maintenance, excluding costs for Renewable Energy Standard and similar regulatory programs; depreciation and amortization; and taxes other than income taxes) of about $1.33 billion to $1.36 billion, which were previously expected to be $1.32 billion to $1.35 billion; and Interest expense, net of allowances for borrowed and equity funds used during construction, of about $195 million to $205 million, which was previously expected to be $200 million to $210 million. Conference Call and Web Cast Pinnacle West invites interested parties to listen to the live web cast of management's conference call to discuss the Company's 2011 second-quarter results, as well as recent developments, at 12 noon (ET) today, August 2. The webcast can be accessed at pinnaclewest.com/presentations and will be available for replay on the website for 30 days. To access the live conference call by telephone, dial (877) 407-8035 or (201) 689-8035 for international callers. A replay of the call also will be available until 11:55 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, August 9, 2011, by calling (877) 660-6853 in the U.S. and Canada or (201) 678-7415 internationally and entering Account number 286, followed by Conference ID number 374825. General Information Pinnacle West Capital, an energy holding company based in Phoenix, has consolidated assets of about $12.5 billion, more than 6,300 megawatts of generating capacity and about 6,700 employees in Arizona and New Mexico. Through its principal subsidiary, Arizona Public Service, the Company provides retail electricity service to more than 1.1 million Arizona homes and businesses. For more information about Pinnacle West, visit the Company's website at pinnaclewest.com. Dollar amounts in this news release are after income taxes. Earnings per share amounts are based on average diluted common shares outstanding. For more information on Pinnacle West's operating statistics and earnings, please visit pinnaclewest.com/investors. PINNACLE WEST CAPITAL CORPORATIONNON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE RECONCILIATIONNET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON SHAREHOLDERS(GAAP MEASURE) TO ON-GOING EARNINGS(NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE)     Three Months EndedJune 30, 2011 Three Months EndedJune 30, 2010 Dollars inMillions   DilutedEPS Dollars inMillions   DilutedEPS Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders $ 86.7 $ 0.79 $ 114.8 $ 1.07 Adjustment: Discontinued operations, primarily related to APS Energy Services     (0.7 )   (0.01 )   (26.3 )   (0.25 ) On-going Earnings $ 86.0   $ 0.78   $ 88.5   $ 0.82   NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION In this press release, we refer to “on-going earnings (loss).” On-going earnings is a “non-GAAP financial measure,” as defined in accordance with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules. We believe on-going earnings (loss) provide investors with a useful indicator of our results that is comparable among periods because it excludes the effects of unusual items that may occur on an irregular basis. Investors should note that these non-GAAP financial measures involve judgments by management, including whether an item is classified as an unusual item. We use on-going earnings (loss), or similar concepts, to measure our performance internally in reports for management. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS This press release contains forward-looking statements based on our current expectations, including statements regarding our 2011 earnings outlook. These forward-looking statements are often identified by words such as “estimate,” “predict,” “may,” “believe,” “plan,” “expect,” “require,” “intend,” “assume” and similar words. Because actual results may differ materially from expectations, we caution readers not to place undue reliance on these statements. A number of factors could cause future results to differ materially from historical results, or from outcomes currently expected or sought by Pinnacle West or APS. These factors include, but are not limited to: our ability to achieve timely and adequate rate recovery of our costs, including returns on debt and equity capital; our ability to manage capital expenditures and other costs while maintaining reliability and customer service levels; variations in demand for electricity, including those due to weather, the general economy, customer and sales growth (or decline), and the effects of energy conservation measures and distributed generation; power plant performance and outages; volatile fuel and purchased power costs; fuel and water supply availability; regulatory and judicial decisions, developments and proceedings; new legislation or regulation including those relating to greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy mandates, nuclear plant operations and energy efficiency standards; our ability to meet renewable energy requirements and recover related costs; risks inherent in the operation of nuclear facilities, including spent fuel disposal uncertainty; competition in retail and wholesale power markets; the duration and severity of the economic decline in Arizona and current real estate market conditions; the cost of debt and equity capital and the ability to access capital markets when required; changes to our credit ratings; the investment performance of the assets of our nuclear decommissioning trust, pension, and other postretirement benefit plans and the resulting impact on future funding requirements; the liquidity of wholesale power markets and the use of derivative contracts in our business; potential shortfalls in insurance coverage; new accounting requirements or new interpretations of existing requirements; generation, transmission and distribution facility and system conditions and operating costs; the ability to meet the anticipated future need for additional baseload generation and associated transmission facilities in our region; the willingness or ability of our counterparties, power plant participants and power plant land owners to meet contractual or other obligations or extend the rights for continued power plant operations; technological developments affecting the electric industry; and restrictions on dividends or other provisions in our credit agreements and Arizona Corporation Commission orders. These and other factors are discussed in Risk Factors described in Item 1A of the Pinnacle West/APS Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, and in Part II, Item 1A of the Pinnacle West/APS Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, which readers should review carefully before placing any reliance on our financial statements, disclosures or our earnings outlook. Neither Pinnacle West nor APS assumes any obligation to update these statements, even if our internal estimates change, except as required by law. PINNACLE WEST CAPITAL CORPORATIONCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (unaudited) (dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)             THREE MONTHS ENDED SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, JUNE 30,   2011       2010     2011       2010   Operating Revenues Regulated electricity segment $ 798,669 $ 799,416 $ 1,446,643 $ 1,410,841 Other revenues   1,130     3,379     2,003     4,216   Total   799,799     802,795     1,448,646     1,415,057     Operating Expenses Regulated electricity segment fuel and purchased power 244,049 251,800 456,056 467,340 Operations and maintenance 210,590 213,609 465,619 419,922 Depreciation and amortization 106,617 102,995 213,200 203,629 Taxes other than income taxes 40,155 31,682 77,779 63,405 Other expenses   1,396     1,325     3,216     2,403   Total   602,807     601,411     1,215,870     1,156,699     Operating Income   196,992     201,384     232,776     258,358     Other Allowance for equity funds used during construction 5,924 5,504 11,319 10,893 Other income 557 943 2,247 1,892 Other expense   (3,186 )   (5,650 )   (4,927 )   (7,176 ) Total   3,295     797     8,639     5,609     Interest Expense Interest charges 60,140 60,751 121,217 121,518 Allowance for borrowed funds used during construction   (3,856 )   (3,072 )   (7,432 )   (6,091 ) Total   56,284     57,679     113,785     115,427     Income From Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes 144,003 144,502 127,630 148,540   Income Taxes   50,818     51,188     44,813     43,535     Income From Continuing Operations 93,185 93,314 82,817 105,005   Income From Discontinued OperationsNet of Income Taxes   654     26,252     1,348     13,664     Net Income 93,839 119,566 84,165 118,669   Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 7,154 4,769 12,615 9,886         Net Income Attributable To Common Shareholders $ 86,685   $ 114,797   $ 71,550   $ 108,783       Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding - Basic 109,044 107,355 108,939 104,431   Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted 109,718 107,764 109,540 104,857   Earnings Per Weighted-Average Common Share Outstanding Income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders - basic $ 0.79 $ 0.82 $ 0.64 $ 0.91 Net income attributable to common shareholders - basic $ 0.80 $ 1.07 $ 0.66 $ 1.04 Income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders - diluted $ 0.78 $ 0.82 $ 0.64 $ 0.91 Net income attributable to common shareholders - diluted $ 0.79 $ 1.07 $ 0.65 $ 1.04   Amounts Attributable To Common Shareholders Income from continuing operations, net of tax $ 86,001 $ 88,536 $ 70,163 $ 95,099 Discontinued operations, net of tax   684     26,261     1,387     13,684   Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 86,685   $ 114,797   $ 71,550   $ 108,783   Pinnacle West Capital CorporationMedia Contact:Alan Bunnell, 602-250-3376Analyst Contacts:Rebecca Hickman, 602-250-5668Geoffrey Wendt, 602-250-5643pinnaclewest.com